- Rufous Motmot
name = Rufous Motmot
status = LC | status_system = IUCN3.1
phylum = Chordata
classis = Aves
genus = "
species = "B. martii "
binomial = "Baryphthengus martii"
binomial_authority = (Spix, 1824)The Rufous Motmot, "Baryphthengus martii", is a
near-passerine birdwhich is a resident breeder in rain forests from northeastern Hondurassouth to western Ecuador, northeastern Bolivia, and southwestern Brazil.
motmotis 46cm long and weighs 195 g. it is mainly cinnamion-rufous, with a black face mask and central breast spot, green wings and sides, a greenish-blue lower belly, and dark blue tail and flight feathers. The tail is very long and has a bare-shafted racket tip, except the Amazon. The bill and legs are black. Young birds are paler and duller than adults, and lack the tail rackets and black breast spot. The call of the Rufous Motmot is a low owl-like "hoop hoop huhuhuhuhuhu".
This is a bird of tall wet forest and second growth. It nests in a 4-5 m long tunnel in a bank or the side of a mammal burrow. The clutch size and eggs are undescribed.
Rufous Motmots feed on
insects, lizards, fishand crabs, and also take many fruits, especially those of palms and " Heliconias". These birds often sit still on a canopy perch, and in their dense forest habitat can be difficult to see, despite their size and colour.
The binomial commemorates the German botanist and explorer
Carl Friedrich Philipp von Martius.
* Database entry includes justification for why this species is of least concern
* Stiles and Skutch, "A guide to the birds of Costa Rica" ISBN 0-8014-9600-4
* [http://ibc.hbw.com/ibc/phtml/especie.phtml?idEspecie=3454 Rufous Motmot videos] on the Internet Bird Collection
* [http://vireo.acnatsci.org/search.html?Form=Search&SEARCHBY=Common&KEYWORDS=rufous+motmot&showwhat=images&AGE=All&SEX=All&ACT=All&Search=Search&VIEW=All&ORIENTATION=All&RESULTS=24 Rufous Motmot photo gallery] VIREO [http://vireo.acnatsci.org/species_image.php?species=Baryphthengus+martii Photo-High Res]
* [http://www.tropicalbirding.com/tripReports/TR_ecuadorintro_may05/index_files/image001.jpgPhoto-High Res] ; [http://www.tropicalbirding.com/tripReports/TR_ecIntrotour_may05.htm Article] tropicalbirding
* [http://www.marietta.edu/~biol/biomes/images/troprain/0180_3681.jpgPhoto-Medium Res] ; [http://www.marietta.edu/~biol/biomes/troprain.htm Article] marietta.edu—"The Tropical Rain Forest"
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